Karl Kahler is travel editor of the Tico Times, the top English-language news source in Central America. Until recently he was national editor of California’s San Jose Mercury News, where he worked for 25 years. Karl is the author of two nonfiction books, The Cult That Snapped: A Journey Into The Way International (www.ex-way.com) and the forthcoming Manic Dawn: The Strange Adventures of a Mad Father and a Loyal Son (www.manicdawnbook.com). After his father died last year, Karl decided to quit his job, sell all his stuff and move to paradise. He’s been traveling to every corner of Costa Rica ever since, and plans to keep doing the same, posting frequent dispatches on his adventures, misadventures, great finds and wrong turns.